by Gayle Plato
When working in a team effort, a training of trainers in resiliency therapy, I was asked to analyze language and determine how some public statement was either resilient or otherwise. I went to work digging through a bunch of material from fields I knew- counseling, educational, and even local news bulletins hoping something would hit me.
Then I heard the House Speaker Newt Gingrich being interviewed; he had been part of the great Republican revolution during the 1994 elections of Congress. I was impressed, and then I decided to read the Contract With America that was the political push. ( see The Contract: http://www.house.gov/house/Contract/CONTRACT.html)
” Like Lincoln, our first Republican president, we intend to act “with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.” To restore accountability to Congress. To end its cycle of scandal and disgrace. To make us all proud again of the way free people govern themselves.”
I was amazed. My love of writing goes back to preteen days, editor of the high school paper, and onto college. I took a lot of college classes from professors very impressed with themselves and the boring books they created. All the Poly Sci. and Econ. classes nearly made me urp up legal babble with chunks of lousy text book leftist propaganda all over the student union. Walk in The Contract With America: Here was a campaign document,that in and of itself a rarity, putting promises in writing. It was also written unlike any political document of the day. The Contract reminded me of the Gettysburg Address in it’s style of direct, concise, simplicity, yet heavy in meaning. This was the perfect example of a country’s resiliency in action and the document was a great tool for me to rework the training material. I used it in my presentation, and took the students there in a direction they had not been. I also convinced a few very liberal Seattle-based educators to look at the new Congress with fresh eyes.
Jumping ahead now 15 years and we are drowning in political double speak, liberal smear campaigns against the people they represent, and layers of lies so offensive, blatant; we are being conned.
We need a New Contract with America before we lose the America we love. Maybe the Hopi had it right with the concept of KOYAANISQATSI or ‘Life out of Balance’. We are in this state now. We are a nation out of balance and we need that straightforward language, and fundamental respect for us as citizens of a free society.
(please read my accompanying piece on balance and politics: http://therightwoman.blogtownhall.com/2009/03/15/entropy_and_thermo-political_dynamics.thtml)